Bloody Lies

R100.00

Thomas Mollett & Calvin Mollett

Penguin, 2014

213 pages + 16 pages colour section

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This book takes head-on one of the highest-profile murder cases in recent South African history. In 2007 Fred van der Vyver was acquitted of the 2005 murder of fellow student Inge Lotz. He then sued the police to the highest court for malicious prosecution – and failed.

In spite of the defence’s trashing of the prosecution’s case at the trial, the authors show, compellingly, how every key element of the prosecuting evidence withstands the closest scrutiny. They use models, measurements, forensic tests, mathematical formulae and the views of experts both here and overseas.

They show how an ornamental hammer found in Van der Vyver’s vehicle, but thrown out as evidence, could match the head wounds. Contrary to the claim accepted at court they show convincingly that a disputed fingerprint was not lifted off a drinking glass – a detail that could make all the difference.

They demonstrate how blood marks on a towel could have come off the hammer, how blood stains on the floor could have been shaped by a specific shoe and how a closer look at cellphone records reveal a different choreography of movements than what was accepted by the court.

Could it be that two amateurs succeeded where the state prosecution failed? Thomas, a language practitioner, and his engineer brother Calvin, have made headlines, been featured on Carte Blanche and vilified, but not proven wrong – leaving wide open one of the most tantalising unsolved murder cases on record.

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I am incredibly relieved and glad to announce that I have finished the experimental phase of my Masters research project Saturday (21st) 12 pm. It is advised and never a good idea to say too much about a project (on e.g. social media), as it needs context to explain, but in short, I investigated how postmortem changes, and more specifically bloating, effects and affects the location and position of a body in a sea drowning context, using an animal model (ethically pre-killed pigs in custom-built water tanks). Mainly to establish baseline data on bloating rates in different water temperatures. Information that can possibly assist search and rescue teams and also to help with the determination of the Postmortem Interval (time of death) of floating or washed out bodies.

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